Tuesday, December 16, 2014

grace for the day

Oh dear, so much time has flown since I last sat down to share my life on this blog (sorry Dad!).  Life has been full in this last month.  Very crammed-full.  
We have moved again, this time down the street and around a corner into our new home.  We will be here for at least a year, though we hope for more this time.  It is our fourth house in two and a half years of marriage and we are ready to settle down for a bit.  I love this new place so far... feel-of-the-place-wise it just might be my favorite.  I will definitely share photos as I make it feel like "ours".
Also this last month, Andrew and I survived a car crash.  Our car and the other car involved were completely destroyed, but no one was seriously injured.  The police were astounded that there weren't any broken bones or even a fatality... I know God was protecting us all.  I sustained the worst injuries out of the group, having smacked my head into the fold-down mirror and then into the dashboard, smashed my shin into the glovebox, and sprained my wrist somehow.  This was all a few weeks ago and I am recovering well.  My wrist and leg still give me some trouble, but I'm thankful that it wasn't worse.  Now we are waiting for insurance to help us get a new car since the other driver admitted fault (so thankful that the truth was told).
And lastly, Andrew's job has been... difficult.  There will probably be more news on that in a later post.

Nuff said about the hard stuff though...

We have a Christmas tree!  Our new place has instantly felt more homey (or as Andrew says, "homely"... to which I then remind him how that word means something completely different) since setting it up and decorating.  I love my trees to be simple, elegant, and glowing (with a little sparkle).

And do you see the mountains behind it???  The view from my living room picture-window in stunning!

This last Saturday Andrew took me on a spur-of-the-moment outing.  All he said was that the mist was blanketing the nearby mountains and did I want to walk amoungst the clouds?
Um, yes dear!

After only a few minutes of driving our world changed from overcast desert to misty mountains (yes I hummed the song... several times) to enchanted winterland!  My husband really knows how to make me happy.

I have been missing snow so much (I hadn't experienced any yet since being in Utah).  This was the perfect date!  Little bits of white were still falling and we were the only people there.


Sunday morning Andrew and I walked out our front door to be greeted by this.  I continue to be astounded by the mountains, how their beauty changes with each day.

And here was yesterday's view from my couch.  So incredible.

Yes, my friends, this month has been full.  It has had some really, really rough moments... but there has been beauty too.  Even though my heart can feel so dark, God continues to pour out grace each day, even if it is just the ability to breathe.  My heart still longs for my family across the country (being apart from the people you love hurts), I ache to start a family of my own or to even be able to see a doctor who could maybe help me (lots of factors are really stunting us in that area... we want to get things started but it just can't happen yet), I strongly desire a job for my husband that doesn't take advantage of him or exhaust and stress him... but God continues to bring us through each day and even lavishes beautiful moments when we are truly, purely happy.  I know that is what it ultimately comes to: no matter how your world shifts, God remains good.

Much love, sweet readers.


(PS.  Happy 5th Birthday to my youngest sister, Rebekah (Bekah) Ann!  I love you so much, little duck!  You are my favorite Bekah in the world; you are smart, beautiful, and loving.  I'm so proud of you and miss you like crazy!  Love you, again and again, forever and ever!)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


(adj.) in a headlong dash

Slow down, life.  Yes, days have been flying by me and now it is over halfway through November.  It is so hard to keep going when I barely have time to breathe.  But more on that later, first the outfit.

White Blouse ~ Bealls Outlet
Black Jeans ~ Walmart
Tan Booties ~ Thrifted
Cameo Locket Necklace ~ created by me
Earrings ~ Meijer

I'm in love this this new necklace that was originally two different necklaces.  The cord the cameo was hanging from snapped, so I decided to make a new necklace by adding the now-lonely locket to a necklace my parents gave me several years ago.  Don't the two charms look so pretty together???

Soooo... I haven't talked about hair in a while.  Mostly because mine has caused quite a bit of trouble since moving to this desert-dry climate.  I think I'm finally finding a system that works, but I might also be getting a little antsy with my long hair (and the fact I've pretty much had the same hairstyle since I was fifteen).  Recently I've really been liking a few slightly shorter hairstyles.  So... is my hair just too fantastic to cut (sarcasm)?  Or should I be adventurous and try something new?  Despite his love for my long hair, I DO have the hubby's permission.  And out of respect for his preferences, I would definitely not be going above my shoulders.  Any thoughts???  Even in my anxiety over this, the thought "it will grow back" keeps popping into my brain...  :-P

So overall, I really loved this outfit.  Just basic black and white with vintage-like accessories.  Simple, comfortable, and feminine.  AND I got the chance to wear my tan booties for the first time!  My jeans weren't quite the right length, so I just rolled them up slightly rather than letting them just rest over the tops of the boots.

You'll probably be seeing me in a lot more pants and sweaters in any future outfit posts.  I think I brought the cold Indiana weather to the desert!  And the wind here is CRAZY!!!

Speaking of crazy...  Oh goodness.  Please be praying for Andrew and me.  All the cute-couple-ness in the world hasn't stopped us from going through rough patch after rough patch.  Things were finally starting to calm down with Andrew's work and we had finally started saving money to get me some medical help... then we found out we are being kicked out of our new apartment when our lease comes due (ten days before Christmas).  So now, having just finished unpacking and with hardly any money, we are house hunting again.  This puts off me seeing a doctor any time soon.  It also hasn't been easy finding places... we live in a smaller community AND in a tourist area... so places are few and prices are steep.  Both me and the wonderfully-patient-and-hopeful hubby are feeling the strain.  We also found out that some things will be changing at Andrew's work after the New Year... so we're hoping it won't effect him.   
 Amidst all of this Andrew was able to preach at our church this last Sunday (so proud of him and how he's allowing the Lord to work in his heart through this tough time) and I have joined our church's worship team as a vocalist.  We are getting chances to minister, but feel so very attacked in pretty much every direction.  And no, I'm still not pregnant (that is a hurt that never, ever leaves).  Please, please, please be praying.

Thank you in advance!!!  This blog is such a blessing to my heart.


Monday, November 10, 2014


there are the sleepy morning faces (well, unless you're the morning person).

there are the excited we're-going-on-an-adventure faces.

there are the frozen-nosed, pass-the-coffee faces.

there are the happy faces...

contented faces...

the we're-together-so-everything-is-alright faces.

the faces that don't stop smiling.

the faces that say "all the time we were apart feels like nothing now... because no matter what changes, we won't".

the faces that stay light as every moment of life is soaked in.

the faces that crinkle and stretch with cheek-aching laughter.

the faces that share the same look and many of the same expressions (that's what growing up together will do).

the faces that keep smiling because it was oh-so-good!  faces that will see each other again and just have to be brave until that time comes.

these are some of my favorite faces.  the faces that bring my heart so much joy.  the faces it breaks my heart not to see for months at the time.  the faces I can look into with full trust and so much love.

missing these faces today (and the others I still haven't been able to see), but thankful for the time together and thankful for next-year plans.

Family-mine, I love you.  I miss you.  Keep being your epic selves until we can be epic together!